Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Jul 17, 2016 19:43:57 GMT
Tracking Theresa May
The Welfare Aftermath!
Who could have believed the events which have unfolded over the last few months?
Cameron's gone, Osborne is no more, Gove's on the rocks, Labour is in chaos and we have a new Prime Minister, one Theresa May who waltzed in to number 10 with the minimal of opposition and no clear mandate on anything really. It's anyone's guess as to what will happen post brexit, if indeed we ever end up leaving Europe.
I've laid off posting for a while as to be honest it didn't seem worth saying too much on welfare until we had better clarity as to where we are and where we are likely to go.
However, what we do know is that whatever happens welfare will in someway became the casualty which pays for whatever needs paying for. Now seems an opportune moment to kick off a new thread tracking where Theresa May takes welfare. She's being presented as the compassionate face of the Tories, they've desperately got to shake off that nasty image. It's no guarantee they won't be less nasty, they'll just want to come across as less nasty.
Already changes are afoot with new regulations on welfare in Scotland coming in to effect, it will be interesting to see how changes north and south of the border differ given Scotland's stance on becoming independent. Quite how Westminster hands over regulations to the Scots is anyone's guess, I'd be interested to see how their settlement is agreed with more localised power going north of the wall.
Then we have the thorny subject of how we handle migrant workers, it'll be interesting to see how May handles that with so many answered questions remaining over our exit from Europe.
On a more domestic front, what if the economy really does take a pronounced deep dive? - will we see a further U turn on the pledge not to make cuts to Disability benefits; - I rather think so.
We will have to wait and see. This will be the place where I track May's movements on welfare - I suspect this could be a long haul!
The revised scheduled, revealed in a written ministerial statement, is being attributed to extra work created by changes announced in the 2015 summer Budget, including limiting the child element of tax credits to two children.
Universal Credit currently has 279,000 claimants, and is available to new single jobseekers in every job centre across the UK.
Giving evidence to the Commons Public Accounts Committee, Robert Devereux, the permanent secretary at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), rejected MPs' suggestions the project could have been delivered quicker, saying: "The complexity of this undertaking is probably the largest thing this department has ever done."
His DWP colleague Neil Couling told the committee another of the reasons for the delay had been time spent planning for an "emergency brake" on migrants' welfare entitlement, which was part of former prime minister David Cameron's EU negotiations.
This is no longer a consideration following the UK's vote to leave the EU.
The Resolution Foundation think tank, which has long supported Universal Credit, said the government should consider whether the "current design is right for the new economic conditions Britain faces".
"With most independent economic forecasts pointing to higher inflation and lower real wage growth in the coming years, implementing Universal Credit in its current form risks deepening the squeeze on living standards facing low and middle income families," said the foundation's senior economic analyst David Finch.
His DWP colleague Neil Couling told the committee another of the reasons for the delay had been time spent planning for an "emergency brake" on migrants' welfare entitlement oh dear oh dear someone else now getting the fault with uc not that it cant handle multi tasking it collapses oh dear oh dear
“The difference will be that I’m different from Iain, I will use different language,” he said.
“But we both share the desire for increasing social justice, by which we mean you don’t just measure it by the benefits bill. You measure it by the help you’re giving those individuals.”
Mr Green said there are no plans to announce fresh welfare cuts during this Parliament following the multi-billion pounds cuts packed pushed through by IDS and then-Chancellor George Osborne last year.
Post by nickd (Mylegal) on Oct 9, 2016 18:24:01 GMT
Debbie Abrahams: The Tories still need to wake up to the misery caused by their welfare reforms
Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green must end the "shame, stigma and sanctions" in welfare, says Debbie Abrahams
By Debbie Abrahams 4th October 2016
Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green rows back on some of Iain Duncan Smith's reforms but needs to go further
Today, after years of damning evidence, the Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green, said that the Government will restrict their discredited Work Capability Assessment (WCA) to people who are not chronically ill or who have no prospect of getting better.
Last week I pledged that Labour would scrap this callous assessment.
Although I am glad that this Tory Government is finally paying attention to the misery that it has caused, but the devil is in the detail.
Forget Theresa May’s empty words on ‘fighting injustice’.
For the true picture of the Tories’ failing austerity agenda just take a look at the latest figures on the WCA.
They show a continuing rise in the number of people requesting that their assessment decision be reconsidered - now approaching 15,000 a month.
Even worse is that the number of decisions being overturned by appeal has reached a shocking 60%.
For the vast majority of people who have paid into the system all their working life, the WCA is like a slap in the face.
they now taking away that situation were ones appeal ouch they bringing us internet into ones homes were be asked are you sick disabled has such how nice of them to think of this justice nay more like norman law again cometh your way soon